I'm not sure what it says about us, but people in the Philadelphia area sure know how to give a good scare. Our Halloween attractions are award-winning and creepy as all get-out, from our many frightening farms to our petrifying prisons. So if you're looking for a good scare in October, check out one of these Suburban Philadelphia, South Jersey or Philadelphia Haunted Houses:
Philadelphia Haunted Houses
Built in a century-old South Philadelphia warehouse, Fright Factory changes the themes of its multiple attractions from year-to-year. Featured on The Travel Channel's list of America's Scariest Haunted Attractions.
2200 S Swanson St.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Terror Behind the Walls
In 2008, AOL City Guide rated Terror Behind the Walls as America's #1 Haunted House, and with good reason: this multi-attraction haunted house takes place in Eastern State Penitentiary, a prison that first opened in 1829 and closed in 1970. From 1971 until the mid-1980s, the property (which has had its share of not-Halloween-related ghost sightings) was completely abandoned. Today the prison is open to the public as a historical attraction, but it hasn't been refurbished - which means that all of the peeling paint, all of the crumbling walls and all of the cell doors hanging off of their hinges are real. Now, add 150 performers, costumes, make-up and sounds to attractions like "Infirmary" and "Night Watch," and Terror Behind the Walls is downright, well, terrifying.
Parents should note that children under the age of seven are not admitted. Eastern State also recommends that children between the ages of seven and twelve come to Terror Behind the Walls on Family Nights. During these nights, children can yell "Monster be good!" and ghostly performers will back off.
2124 Fairmount Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Suburban Philadelphia Haunted Houses
Active Acres Haunted Farm
This farm features a haunted house, hayride and corn maze.
881 Highland Rd.
Newtown, PA 18940
The Bates Motel
Its name references the motel in Psycho, but this Bates Motel is so much more. In addition to the high-tech haunted house, this set of attractions at Arasapha Farms also features a haunted corn maze and hayride.
1835 Middletown Rd.
Glen Mills, PA 19342
One of the area's oldest and most massive Halloween attractions, Jason's Woods features several haunted houses, a maze, a museum, a haunted hayride and more, plus special entertainment throughout the Halloween season.
99 Stehman Rd.
Lancaster, PA 17603
Lu Lu Shriners House of Horrors
Visitors to the House of Horrors take a wagon ride to the haunted house's door. The Lu Lu Shriners recommend that children under 12 do not visit their haunted house.
5140 Bulter Pike
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Shady Brook Farm HorrorFest
According to the HorrorFest website, the plot of land where Shady Brook Farm currently stands was once home to William Reapord, a former Confederate colonel who tortured Union soldiers on the property. Attractions include the Barn of Horrors, the Deadtime Stories corn maze, a hayride and the Alien 3D Encounter - not quite farm-like, but still scary.
931 Stony Hill Rd.
Yardley, PA 19067
Valley of Fear
A haunted house, a haunted hayride and a forest maze await you in the Valley of Fear.
301 W Bristol Rd.
Feasterville, PA 190553
South Jersey Haunted Houses
Don't think that Terror Behind the Walls is your only chance to visit a haunted house in a prison...Burlington County's Prison Museum is also outfitted for Halloween.
128 High St.
Mount Holly, NJ 08060